Professional Development

With fewer than 100 employees scattered all the way from Pensacola to Miami, providing comprehensive training opportunities for even just its own staff has always been challenging for FEA from a logistical, fiscal, and workload standpoint. In the past, the impacts of these difficulties were minimized through a practice of hiring staff with extensive prior experience and a more stable political and economic climate. But as staff turnover continues to rise, the issues we deal with grow more complex, and nature of the work shifts, FEA must adapt in how it approaches professional development of staff. The good news is that we already have all the expertise we need within the membership of FSO. But it will require thoughtful collaboration between FEA and FSO to disseminate these skills among all staff without simply adding more responsibilities to those who are already overworked.